My Little World

I downloaded a new application for my iPhone called “360 Panorama.”  I read some good reviews of it, so thought I would pay my 99 cents and give it a try.  Not only does it give you the long skinny panorama shots, but it will also do a spherical version which can be quite interesting.

How is this for an crazy view of our subdivision?  Is this a bit too abstract, weird, or is it cool?


Last summer while attending Skip’s Summer School, I ventured out onto the strip to get some photos of the lights of Las Vegas.  I was having fun with my zoom lens on my camera.

My choice of exposure was such that I had 1 second to move the zoom from one end of its range to the other. If you look closely, you can tell that it only took a portion of that time to rack the zoom, as some of the buildings are very much in focus and still.

Next time you are out, try some not so normal techniques and see what you get.


Christmas is a very festive time of year.  It is a time when friends and family gather; to eat, exchange gifts and just have some great fellowship together.  We’ll be doing the same thing today.

That said, take a few minutes and read about the first Christmas, over 2000 years ago.  Take your Bible, and read the second chapter in the book of Luke.  It is my prayer that all who read this will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Christmas will never be the same… it will be even better.

2009-12-10This shot was captured during an earlier trip to Chicago.  In a big city there are many great studies of architecture and this particular image shows the repeating patterns of a high rise office building.

Even though the pattern is very repetitive in nature, I like the contrast between the sunny and shady side of the building.

Watch your exposure on something like this, because the light meter in the camera can be fooled if it pays too much attention to either the light side or dark side of the frame being captured.

Check the histogram of the image to make sure you haven’t “blown out” the hightlights or shadows.

2009-01-06The other day while trying out some new photo gear, I went to a place that I frequent during the summer months.  I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this interesting natural ice sculpture.

I was zoomed in quite a bit on this, because the details are what make this shot rather interesting.

Go and visit some of your normal summer spots this winter and see what a difference the seasons make.

I’ll end the month with another abstract. This one is not as abstract as some I have posted, but it still fits that category.

I love the smoothness of the ripples and the high contrast of each one.

When you are shooting abstracts, zoom in, zoom out, rotate your camera or maybe just shoot from a different angle to get different light.

Grassy AbstractHere comes another abstract. Actually, I think this one is pretty cool because you can figure out what it is pretty easily.

During our last trip to Portland, Oregon, we were walking along the Columbia river one evening and I spotted a very large area of grass that I assume was meant to be driven on due to the concrete squares that were covering the area. Over time the grass will pretty much cover it, but here it was new enough that the concrete was quite pronounced.

Remember to look up, look down or look close up at things in your travel.  You may see something that everyone else just walks passed without ever noticing.

Rusty AbstractI like to look closely at things examining the detail. This is just what happened a few weeks ago in Portland, OR. My wife and I were walking down a dock on the Columbia river and there were these very large poles that had been driven into the bottom of the river to secure the dock. Since they are made out of iron and are not painted, guess what happened? Corrosion of course, especially in the wet environment around Portland.

The graduated shadows due to the curve of the pole give the abstract image even more interest.







Speaking of rain… Here is another photograph that I took just after a rain storm in one of the local parks in Boise, Idaho. The droplets hanging off the edge of the wooden slats of this park bench intrigued me. Also, the rich colors of the wood looked good to my eye as well. I took one image with the slats pretty much level, but I liked diagonal composition of this shot better.

I also used a fairly large aperture in the lens to force the background to be blurry which helps to keep the focus on the subject.

Don’t forget to get up close to your subject for some of your photographs.

Nautical AbstractWhen I’m out and about, I keep my eyes open for interesting patterns. This image is of the wooden (teak) deck of a sailing yacht. I would have preferred to shoot down the center, but the layout of the deck and rigging would not have allowed that, so I got the next best thing.

Keep your eyes open for that interesting subject.